Notices for Sunday 17 September 2023

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH

This notice contains the information for the church service of 17 September 2023 at 10.30am in St. Nicholas Church, Uphall and important intimations.

The service will also be recorded for those who will not be able attend church, and will be made available on Youtube, Facebook and the website. If you would like a copy of the service on DVD, please email the office at office@strathbrockparish.org.uk.

Intimations for this week:

Martin Southern’s funeral is being arranged for Wednesday 20 September at 1.30pm in St. Nicholas Church, followed by a burial at Uphall Old Cemetery at 2.30pm.

Church Services for September in St. Nicholas Sundays 17, 24 September

Coffee/Tea after service on Sundays 17, 24 September

Church Services for October in St. Machan

Sunday 1 October – Holy Communion and Harvest Celebration

Sundays 8 October; 15 October; 22 October; 29 October

Meetings

Fundraising group in St Nicholas Church on 21 September at 10.30am

Session in St Nicholas Church 26 September at 7pm

Upcoming Events

The Boys’ Brigade enrol on Thursday 15th September from 6.00pm till 7.00pm in Uphall South Church Hall.

The Guild opening The first meeting of the guild will be On Tuesday 19th September at 2.30pm in the Open Door when we will welcome Hanneke.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Wilma Gilchrist Convenor

Afternoon Tea on Saturday 23 September from 2-4pm in Broxburn Parish church from 2pm.  All welcome

Tuesday Housegroup meets on 26 September at 2.15pm and continues the study of 12 disciples.

Macmillan Coffee Morning  Friday 29 September, 10 – Noon, in South Church Hall, Uphall.   Come along for ☕️ coffee/tea/juice and 🍰, enjoy a chat with friends while donating to a worthy cause.

Uphall South are starting up a men’s group on Friday 29th September at Uphall South Church Hall 7pm for 7.30. Plan is to have a take-away (Chippy or Chinese) followed by tea or coffee then some games, either Board or Computer – feel free to bring your favourite game(s) along and show us how to play! Could you let me know if you’d like to come along, what food you’d like and what games you can bring or would like to play? Please contact  Alex Brown  07741 258 105

Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi, since the time when Dr. Ruth Shakespeare, Medical Director at MMH, was our Church of Scotland Presbytery Partner. Some continue to support the work in and around the hospital.

Dr. Arie Glas, the present Medical Director, will be visiting Edinburgh and West Lothian later this month to tell us about the work of the hospital.

You are warmly invited to meet with him on either or both of the following occasions in West Lothian: we hope that Dr Glas’ wife Lizanne, who has been working in the area of women’s health will be able to be present at one or both meetings.

Thursday 28th September 7 p.m. at Boghall Parish Church, Elizabeth Drive, Bathgate, when a representative from the partner organisation EMMS International will also be present;

Friday 29th September 10.00 a.m. at Winchburgh Church coffee morning.

Crafters De Stash Sale. Is being held on Saturday 30th September in the Strathbrock Partnership Community Wing from 11am until 2pm

The Larder Lunch is a 3-course lunch available in the Strathbrock Centre for £3.50 on Wednesdays from 3pm Serving starts at 4pm.  Menu is available on Larder Facebook page.

The Girls’ Brigade Is on Monday nights in Uphall South Church Hall at 6.30pm. All girls welcome.

Bible Reading list from 6 August to 1 October are available in church and as an attachment on this email. Why not meet with a friend or two over a cup of coffee/tea and discuss the text together? You might be surprised by how God speaks to us all in different ways!

Early Service – a different start to a Sunday Every Sunday at 9.30am in Uphall South Church Hall – an intergenerational service where we worship God together through songs, prayer, conversations, questions, and activities that involves ALL AGES. Everyone and anyone are welcome!

Wednesday Prayer Meeting – On Wednesdays from 6.00 – 6.45 pm in the Uphall Community Centre, School Place, where you would be warmly welcomed. Prayer requests can be passed to Sheena in church or by phone (854458) and are treated in the strictest confidence.

contact Sheena on 01506 854458.

Travelling Well The two small, welcoming house groups meet, one on Tuesday morning and the other on Wednesday morning.  We are currently studying one of the Life Builder Studies entitled “The Twelve Disciples”. Interested?  Please speak to Rachel Shepherd or Annette Frater. Interested but timing doesn’t suit?  Don’t let that put you off we are accommodating and can be flexible. Please note that because of late summer holidays meetings might be intermittent over the next 2 months.

Wanted containers for flowers – If you have received containers from the church we would be pleased to recycle and reuse.  Please leave in either church.

Planning for Christmas Fest Unwanted jewellery wanted for Christmas Fest.

Please leave in either church or Open Door.

UKRAINE/SYRIA UPDATE

We are delighted to report that on 15th August our Edinburgh charity sent off a Container lorry holding 9.5 tons of clothing, boots, shoes, woolly hats, nappies.  Barring any border delays, the lorry is scheduled to arrive at  the Syrian refugee camp in Arsal on the Lebanese/Syrian border in around 28 days. The latest news coming from Arsal is that there are more than 15000 refugees there and with very little to protect them from the extremes of temperatures, especially in harsh winters, their need is very great.

A new container is already on site ready for packing, so please keep your donations coming.  On Wednesday 30 August, David and I delivered a further 16 bags bringing our total donations to date to 396 bags and 482 packs of nappies – not to mention an unnumbered amount of food tins and drinks cans to sell for scrap metal. Thank you so much everyone.  As always, please call me (07546 087230) if you need me to collect or if you have any questions.  Donations can still be left at the open church or at the Open Door.

Evelyn

SOYA Recently there has been a wonderful upsurge in the number of donations, both of purchased items and of money which has allowed a greater than usual number of bags to be passed to Social Work for our young people.  We are especially grateful for these contributions at such a time of constantly rising prices in our supermarkets.  Thank you so much.  Donations can continue to be left in the open church or in the Open Door for collection.

Evelyn

Open Door Monday to Thursday 10am until 1pm. Please join us and bring a friend for coffee and a chat.  We are in need of new volunteers please call in for details.

Prayer Cross Issued monthly on the 1st Sunday of the month (see attachment). Please use the topics as a guide for prayer throughout the month. If you have difficulty accessing the cross, please contact the office. There are printed copies of the prayer cross available in church.

Prayer Chain The prayer chain is available for urgent requests which are treated in strictest confidence. Please phone Sheena Carroll 01506 854458.

Foodbank Thank you for your continuing donations to the foodbank. The foodbank runs every Tuesday and Thursday between 12.30-2.30pm. Volunteers are needed for the Thursday. Please get in touch with the foodbank if you want to volunteer. Our present needs are , tinned cold meat, curry sauce, rice pudding, long grain rice, toilet rolls, custard, diluting juice (1l + 1.5l)

Please leave in the Open Door or in whichever church is open.

With the food with which they are supplied, some of our clients do not have enough strong carrier bags. If you have any spare STRONG carrier bags you can donate, please pass to Myra, Harry, the Church, or the Open Door. Thanks

Bottle tops and stamps are still being received for recycling please leave in church or the open door.

E-mail changes Please remember to inform the Church office when your own email address changes so we can update our contact list. Please Email office@strathbrockparish.org.uk with your new address.

 

Contact information:

email: office@strathbrockparish.org.uk

online: https://strathbrockparish.org.uk/

Facebook.com: ‘Strathbrock Parish Church’

Minister: Hanneke Janse van Vuren

Manse: 01506206045

Mobile: 07399967211

Email: hjansevanvuren@churchofscotland.org.uk

STRATHBROCK PARISH CHURCH is registered charity SC006336